Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMD is the leading cause of blindness in North Americans over the age of 55. It is generally caused by normal aging process and causes the centre of your vision to blur while not affecting your peripheral vision. In the early stages, AMD is completely symptom-free but can be detected by a comprehensive seniors eye exam. There are two types of AMD: dry form and the wet form. The most common type is the Dry AMD. The 2nd form of AMD is the “wet form” caused by leakage or bleeding, from weak blood vessels under the macula.
You may be at greater risk for AMD if: